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[By Beat News Service | 5 May 2012 | No Comments]
A full moon is spotted over the San Francisco Bay Area on May 5. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The biggest and brightest full moon of 2012 is being spotted over most of the San Francisco Bay Area Saturday night, as it passes 15,300 miles closer to Earth than average.

For earthlings, the sight of the “supermoon” will be 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than typical full moons, astronomers estimate. 

Cops & Courts, Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 3 Nov 2011 | No Comments]
Repair crews fix a damaged window on 16th Street in Downtown Oakland Wednesday. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

City merchants, maintenance crews and Occupy Oakland protesters picked up scrub brushes and dust pans to clean up what became a violent clash between anarchists and police Wednesday morning that led to 80 arrests.

Police from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies lobbed tear gas at the anarchists after they were pelted with rocks, bottles and a homemade shield, interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Thursday. 

Cops & Courts, Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Steven Luo and Jennifer Courtney | 2 Nov 2011 | 3 Comments]
Occupy Oakland protesters marching at the Port of Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

More than 10,000 protesters filled the streets of Oakland Wednesday, marching, chanting, and demanding a better deal for ordinary people as part of a general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement.

After marching through Downtown Oakland in the afternoon, stopping in front of branches of several large banks to protest, thousands moved toward the Port of Oakland, blocking truck traffic into and out of the area and effectively shutting one of the busiest ports on the U.S. West Coast.

Bay Area Snapshots, Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 19 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments]
Protesters camp out at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Protesters who have taken over Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall are continuing a week-long occupation, settled into their tent city for a ninth day on Wednesday with no sign that they plan to end the demonstration against government, big banks and corporate America.

Three meals a day are served at a makeshift cafeteria, first aid is provided at a medical booth, and a “media center” has sprung up — providing access to the web for protesters. 

Bay Area Snapshots, Political Beat, San Francisco, Silicon Valley »

[By Andrew Leonard, Steven Luo and Vanessa Guerra | 20 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
President Obama greets bystanders at SFO. (Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

With the economy and his 2012 reelection bid on his mind, President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on board Air Force One. He was whisked away to Facebook’s Palo Alto campus for an unprecedented hour-long town hall meeting hosted by the company’s CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and streamed online to Facebook users, and then went to San Francisco to attend two fundraising events for Democrats.

Here are snapshots of his stops in the Bay Area.

Cover Stories, San Francisco, Travel Beat »

[By Steven Luo | 11 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
The departures lobby at SFO's Terminal 2 is visually stunning -- and provides an unusually long walk to the checkin counters for those coming through the center doors. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 is, like many other airport terminals built in recent years, an aesthetic wonder. High ceilings, vast open spaces, ample natural lighting, and artwork combine to create a welcoming environment for travelers — a far cry from the gloomy passenger terminals of old.

But what really sets this terminal, reopening to passengers Thursday after a $383 million renovation project, apart from others is the attention to details — like power outlets and taps to fill water bottles — that the modern traveler will appreciate.

San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[By Beat News Service | 27 Nov 2010 | No Comments]

Demolition crews took the long Thanksgiving weekend off, but work on bulldozing the condemned Transbay Terminal is moving rapidly after the destruction of the building’s elevated bus ramps and the second-level train shed.

Work to demolish the terminal halls — including the waiting rooms and iconic building facade facing Mission Street — is next.

San Francisco, World Series »

[By Beat News Service | 3 Nov 2010 | No Comments]
A teenager was injured after falling from a Market Street lightpole while trying to snag a Giants flag after the World Series parade. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The hundreds of thousands of fans who lined San Francisco streets at packed Civic Center Plaza Wednesday to cheer on the World Series Champion Giants baseball team were relatively well-behaved, the San Francisco Police Department said.

No major incidents evolved from the ticker-tape parade, but several people were taken away in ambulances throughout the event, including a teenager who fell from a Market Street light pole after trying to snag a Giants flag attached to a light post.

San Francisco, World Series »

[By Jennifer Courtney | 3 Nov 2010 | One Comment]

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Giants fans crowded a downtown parade route Wednesday to honor the 2010 World Series championship baseball team in an old-fashioned ticker-tape parade. Many were still partying in the Civic Center area well into the early evening, celebrating the team’s first series crown since moving to the city in 1958.

San Francisco, World Series »

[By Beat News Service | 23 Oct 2010 | No Comments]

SAN FRANCISCO — Celebrations broke out citywide in San Francisco and many other Bay Area cities Saturday night after the Giants clinched the National League pennant, sending the team to a World Series match-up against the Texas Rangers beginning at AT&T Park this Wednesday.

In San Francisco’s Mission District, drivers of cars and MUNI buses honked horns and fans streamed out of bars and lounges to parade on street corners after Giants closer Brian Wilson struck out Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard to finish a 3-2 win.